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David Ortiz linked to alleged gambler in new book from former Red Sox security agent

John Tomase
August 28, 2018 - 11:54 am

A new book from a former Red Sox security agent alleges that former Boston slugger David Ortiz had close ties to an individual investigated for gambling on baseball.

Eddie Dominguez, a former Boston cop who worked security for the Red Sox from 1999 through 2007 before joining MLB's department of investigations in the wake of the Mitchell Report, writes that a suspected member of Ortiz's entourage named "Monga" was betting on Red Sox games in the mid-2000s. The details will be in his forthcoming book, "Baseball Cop: The Dark Side of America’s National Pastime," with co-authors Christian Red and Teri Thompson.

The Herald's Michael Silverman wrote about the book and interviewed Dominguez on Tuesday, further detailing the incidents involving Ortiz. Writes Silverman:

In the summer of 2005, Dominguez says he became suspicious about someone he claims was a member of Ortiz' entourage known as "Monga," described by Dominguez as Ortiz' "top aide-de-camp," who allegedly was a frequent presence in the Red Sox clubhouse. Dominguez claims to have had an informant close to Monga who witnessed Monga placing a bet on a game in Chicago between the Red Sox and White Sox on July 24, 2005. Monga, according to the book, placed a bet on the White Sox to win as well as on the "over."

Dominguez alleges eventually Monga and others in Ortiz' entourage were banned from the Sox clubhouse, a development the writer says Ortiz did not like.

Dominguez wrote "the gambling issue with Monga continued," and says he was surprised to see Ortiz had Monga and others on the field with him before the 2006 All-Star Home Run Derby in Pittsburgh. Dominguez said he called his superiors and was told they tried to keep Ortiz' friends away but Ortiz had said "If they don't come with me on the field, I don't participate." (Then-commissioner Bud) Selig and his No. 2 Rob Manfred allegedly had given in and said, "Let them on.")

The Red Sox lost that game, 6-4, but Ortiz blasted a first-inning homer. Dominguez goes on to write that he never had proof of Ortiz doing anything illegal, and that Ortiz denied his friend's involvement.

"To be clear, I had no proof that Ortiz was placing bets through Monga -- or had ever done so -- but Monga, who was hanging around the clubhouse, was betting thousands of dollars against the Red Sox," he wrote. "At least take a look at it."

While the Red Sox play a central role in the book because of his time here, the bulk of the story relates to what Dominguez considered MLB's effort to stymie an investigation into performance-enhancing drugs.

"I am not singling out the Red Sox by any means," Dominguez told Silverman. "Every team in baseball had similar or worse issues."